EH&S Guidance and Resources for the research community.
Return to Campus Protocols
- Protocols | Find out what you need to know before returning to work/campus, including training, symptom tool, and more.
- Authorization. Provide authorization for each employee to report onsite.
- Worksite specific plan. Must develop own COVID-19 Worksite Specific Plan to share with your employees/lab groups. In some cases, the Worksite Specific Plan may be routed to campus oversight committees for review and approval prior to return to campus.
- Positive case? Refer to the COVID-19 Symptom monitoring and reporting procedures and Response to suspected COVID-19 cases: Guide for Department Leads, Supervisors, Chairs". Download the quick reference for Supervisors Infographic.
For All Returning Employees | COVID-19 Prevention Plan Campus Guidance
The campus has developed general guidance, which all employees should review.
Prior to your return, your supervisor must share their Worksite Specific Plan with all their employees, and you must review and acknowledge.
Download the When To Return guidance infographic.
- Laboratory spaces | Guidance for self-cleaning by researchers
- Office space | Guidance for self-cleaning for general office space
- Disinfection kit | Request a Disinfectant Kit from Facilities Services.
All campus buildings that are open to the public during normal times are safe environments. Some of our buildings are much older and have some limitations. Our buildings are designed to provide sufficient
air changes based on building activities. We are making a special effort to ensure that all buildings have current filter changes. The information below is how HVAC systems are maintained.
- Expanded Timeframe: To help with airflow, Facilities Services is expanding the length of time outside airflow will circulate throughout each building.
- Filtration Maintenance: Building filtration systems are well maintained and have the appropriate level of filters for each building.
Air Flow: To accommodate efficient airflow in each building, the most advanced level of filters
are being used based on the building’s air filtration system capabilities.
Strict adherence to the public health posters and other visual cues throughout campus and in buildings will reduce transmission risks. Ventilation systems will continue to operate as designed even though
building occupancy will be reduced. This will further reduce the risk of potential airborne transmission. While each individual occupant of a campus building will want to make sure these guidelines are
followed, including limited occupancy, it will be very important to ensure that all the other occupants in that building, at least on that same floor, coordinate to ensure the overall density and guidelines are
being followed on a collective basis.
Transmission Reduction Efforts
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the COVID-19 virus appears to spread human-to-human through respiratory droplets coming from an infected person. Based on public health guidance, the key transmission reduction factors include:
- social distancing,
- limiting occupancy,
- practicing good personal hygiene, and
- utilizing face coverings
As part of the public health guidance, Facilities Services will disinfect high-touch areas including elevators, door handles, common areas and restrooms. We have made disinfecting kits available to departments and hand sanitizing stations are located at the entrance of each building. A map locating sanitizing stations can be viewed by clicking here.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
- General Areas: Office Space
General Area/Office Space Disinfection SOP
Laboratory/Research Space Disinfection SOP
disinfection response plan SOP
- Training | COVID-19 Prevention Training
- Wellness Check | COVID-19 Wellness Check Survey
- Hotline | Report suspect or confirmed cases: UCR Employee COVID Hotline: (844) 827-6827
- Concerns | Report a COVID-19 or Public Health Concern to EH&S
- Face covering | Request a Face Covering
- Human Resources | Benefits/Leave Information
- Teaching | Instructional Continuity Plan
- Testing | COVID-19 Testing Sites
- Travel | UC & UCR Travel Information
- Signage and posting Resources
- Visitors | UCR Affiliate Guide for Visitors, Contractors, Vendors and non UCR personnel that needs to come to campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the status of research operations at UCR?
How do I begin ramping down my research if necessary?
Please review UCR's Lab Ramp Down Checklist.
Curtailment of operations is not a reason to take shortcuts, risks, or suspend our usual safety and research compliance protocols. Research will continue to be subject to the same existing compliance regulations. Moreover, we will all need to be extra vigilant about surface hygiene, social distancing, and general lab safety during this time.
We remind you that in no circumstance should researchers take materials other than secure laptops, data storage devices, and other approved materials offsite (e.g., to their homes) to maintain research continuity during a curtailment.
If you have chemicals that must be secured or picked up as waste, contact EH&S at firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I do about on-going animal experiments?
Even if you are allowed to continue current experiments, no new animals should be ordered or new studies initiated if they could be delayed. Keep in mind that supply of PPE may be interrupted.